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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-26-2014, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Does pyrodex pellets go bad

I always seem to be out of town the week of early muzzleloader season so I haven't hunted in about eight years. I still have some leftover Pyrodex pellets and I was wondering if they would still be good to shoot. They look good, and have been in a cool dry place for the last several years.
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Re: Does pyrodex pellets go bad

all pellets go bad after a year or 2. They are in an unsealed container and that allows moisture to get to them. Loose powder is best.

You can always shoot them just to get rid of them, but i certainly would start fresh.
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Re: Does pyrodex pellets go bad

Thanks for the response.
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Re: Does pyrodex pellets go bad

i have had my Pyrodex pellets for over 6 years(i don't shoot pellets much because i have cap lock rifles, but now got some true inline) and they fire off just as good as when i bought them. Keep them in a water tight container and you will be fine DON'T THROW THEM AWAY. I bought a Muzzy Lock Box from Plano, and it has a water tight seal, and that is where my Goex, pellets, and Pyrodex flakes, and Triple 7. Eveything fires off just the way it should. It tells you how to store them on the package, same thing with smokeless powder, if stored properly it will last a life time. I have smokeless powder that is over 30 years old and im still reloading with it

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Re: Does pyrodex pellets go bad

I had some 7 year old pellets I shot last year that grouped the same as some fresh opened ones. I do keep them in a ziploc bag though.
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Re: Does pyrodex pellets go bad

I never saw the use in pyrodex.iT'S JUST AS DIRTY AND CORROSIVE AS BLACK POWDER.
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Re: Does pyrodex pellets go bad

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In my experience, Pyrodex is more corrosive than black powder.

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Re: Does pyrodex pellets go bad

Yep.I agree.
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Re: Does pyrodex pellets go bad

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In my experience, Pyrodex is more corrosive than black powder.
It has a lot of salt in its formula makeup. Very important that if you use it to clean up thoroughly. Invisible Pyrodex residue especially combined with speck of moisture will pit a barrel overnight.

Black powder residue/fouling can get interesting once moisture is introduced. Times when I'm using the same gun everyday and the weather isn't moisture rich, I don't go nuts cleaning it. I just leave it dry ..no wet patch down the bore after unloading. It holds just fine day to day. If I'm going to take break from hunting for day, then I clean it up good.

To stay on the OP topic. Exposure to air (oxygen) will break down any powder. Add exposure to humidity and weeeooo. If kept in a proper air tight container in a cool place, it should last.
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Re: Does pyrodex pellets go bad

Agreed.Never saw any use for the stuff.
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